NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White will represent the county and the Board of Commissioners at the Change of Command Ceremony for the USS North Carolina (SSN 777) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Friday, May 31 at 10 am (HST).
Commander Matthew H. Lewis will be properly relieved by Commander Michael D. Fisher at the ship’s homeport in Pearl Harbor. The USS North Carolina (SSN 777) is a Virginia-class fast-attack nuclear submarine and its official commissioning ceremony was held in Wilmington, NC in May 2008.
“I met Commander Lewis when he and his senior staff came to Wilmington to tour the Kids Making It after-school program a couple years ago,” said Commissioner White. “I am honored to have the opportunity to present him with a farewell plaque engraved by Kids Making It and a letter of congratulations from Governor Cooper, and represent the SSN 777 Club as well.”
Kids Making It, a local non-profit youth woodworking program, engraves the SSN 777’s farewell plaques through a partnership with the submarine and the state-wide SSN 777 Club. The plaques are created from the original teak decking of the Battleship North Carolina by local resident Chuck Dean and given to crew members when they transition, in honor and recognition of their service.